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Below is a brief introduction to Alabaster as a substance, the background of the proving, and an initial perspective on the themes of the remedy. On the other pages (links above) there are the proving details and provers symptoms listed by repertory heading. We intend this site to be a developing resource for the remedy Alabaster, including:
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Alabaster is a
fine-grained, massive, opaque or translucent variety of Gypsum. It tends
to be white in colour but can be streaked or tinted with brown, red, yellow,
Alabaster is soft
enough to be scratched with a fingernail (its scale of hardness is 2 )
and hence it is easily broken, soiled and weathered and is rarely used
for outdoor sculpture. One exception to this was in the pyramids near
Cairo which were originally faced in Alabaster (now completely weathered
Chemically Alabaster is hydrous Calcium Sulphate - CaSO42H2O manifesting as a monoclinic crystal structure.
Gypsum is formed
by the evaporation of bedded deposits that are precipitated mainly from
evaporating saline water. It occurs in extensive beds in association with
other evaporite minerals e.g. halite (rock salt - NaCl).
Plaster of Paris
(and Gypsum plaster) is made by the partial (or complete) dehydration
of Gypsum by heating or burning. When mixed with water it gives a plastic
paste which can be cast or moulded. It eventually sets and hardens due
to the chemical recombination of the Gypsum with water.
Other forms of
From a healing point of view Alabaster rock is reported to have the following attributes:
The Alabaster used to make the remedy was discovered by us (a group of Bristol homeopaths) in May 2000 on a weekend away at Blue Anchor Bay near Minehead in Somerset, UK. The 2 mile stretch of coast between Blue Anchor Bay and Watchet has dramatic red sandstone cliffs with some spectacular outcrops of Alabaster - ranging in colour from pure white (near Watchet), through pale green and brownish-white, to salmon pink and translucent orange (at Blue Anchor Bay). This is also a fossil rich area with shells, and bones and teeth of fish and marine reptiles. We found several ammonites there.
It seems that the Alabaster here was made by areas becoming covered by sea then drying up, sometimes repeatedly. The sandstone had been created by a desert, this became covered by ocean at the end of the Triassic period. There was then probably a rising of sea levels, freshwater lakes being invaded by the sea, maybe lagoons regularly evaporated and replenished by the sea, thus allowing the minerals to be deposited.
The remedy was
made from the salmon pink variety by two members of our group at Helios
Pharmacy on 23rd June, 2000. It was hand succussed up to the 30c potency,
and the proving was done using the 6c, 12c and 30c potencies. It can be
bought from Helios Pharmacy, in potencies from 3c up to 10M, at:
The proving was started in Autumn 2000, though some provers didn't take the remedy until early in 2001. Thirteen provers took part in the proving.
1) Chemically related remedies would be Calc-sulph. (Calcium Sulphate - CaSO4) and Hepar-sulph. (impure Calcium Sulphide - CaS).
2) Although chemically Calcium Sulphate, Alabaster is expected to have its own character as a remedy, distinct from Calcium Sulphate, which was apparently made from Plaster of Paris. This is attributable to the differing crystal structure and level of hydration, the presence of trace element impurities (which bestow the characteristic colour), local / historical energetics of the area / particular rock outcrop (including uses it has been put to), and the energetic input / association of the group that developed the substance as a remedy. Some connection / overlap with the symptom picture of Calcium Sulphate would of course be expected for obvious reasons.
3) The crystal healing properties attributed to Alabaster may or may not be part of the homeopathic remedy picture - this remains to be seen and I think it would be a mistake to conjecture at this stage. We will keep an open mind to the proving symptoms and see if a discernible "picture" emerges.
Below is the begining of a materia medica of Alabaster compiled from the mental symptoms and dreams of the proving. It's a rough sketch, but can hopefully help with placing the individual proving symptoms.
Letting go / Relaxed / Uninhibited / At ease
/ Beach / Sand / Blue Sea / Sunshine / Space / Fun
/ Drunk / Floaty / Dippy / Ungrounded
/ Happy times in the past / 20 yrs ago / Past relationships /
/ Motivated / Getting things done / Sorting things out
Able to just be / Content
/ Outward / Open / Communicative / Connectedness (with angels) / Desire
to connect / Flirtatious / Yearning for home and family
/ Hopeless / Melancholic / Sad / Discontented / Inadequate / Lack of confidence
/ Hostile universe / No God
Anger / Irritable / Impatient / Road rage
/ Swollen legs
RS - Recent symptom
i.e. one suffering from now or in the last year.
or amel. = is ameliorated, better from, etc.
Symptoms in [brackets] indicate an observation of a proving supervisor. In some cases provers supervisors have indicated their thoughts. In the main, the symptoms below are exactly as they were written by the provers.
Under each symptom,
is the prover number, and where relevant, followed by the time of the
symptom. Time indicated by
The letters after
the prover numbers indicate the potency they took.
Provers were instructed to take a maximum of six doses over 48 hours, taking no more if they suspected the remedy had begun to have an effect.
Prover 5C decided to end the proving on day 2 as he was feeling so bad and took a single dose of Lac Humanum 30 which had been the last positive remedy hed taken before the proving. All symptoms recorded are from before this, unless indicated.
Prover 7B received treatment for a symptom that became a significant problem, taking Nux Vomica 30 on day 19 at 19.55 and 20.00, day 20 at 10.30, 13.30, 16.30 and 21.30 and Phosphorus 30 on day 21 at 20.00, day 22 06.45, 09.00, 11.45, 14.10, 16.30.
Prover 13C stopped proving on 19th December, day 9, because he was proving alcohol over Christmas.
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